3 Misconceptions of Green Cleaning and Green Cleaning Products

Are you skeptical of the benefits of green cleaning?

Are you skeptical of the effectiveness of green cleaning products?

In this article, we will discuss the top 3 misconceptions of green cleaning and green cleaning products.

Myth #1 – Green Cleaning is More Costly than Traditional Cleaning

In the beginning of the green movement, green cleaning products were expensive and inefficient, creating a questionable perception. However, over the last 5-10 years, green cleaning technology has improved exponentially and has become the new standard. Products are better, more efficient and the selection of green product manufacturers has increased dramatically. In today’s commercial cleaning market, green products are readily available and are often times less expensive than the traditional cleaner. In addition, green cleaning products come in a concentrated solution that requires less product per application compared to the average cleaner.

Myth #2 – Green Cleaning Products Do Not Really Help the Environment, it’s Just a Marketing Ploy

Green Seal Logo for green certified products

Green cleaning products are designed to have positive environmental attributes such as, biodegradability, low toxicity, low VOC content, reduced packaging and low life cycle energy use. They can also minimize harmful impacts to building occupants by improving indoor air quality, reduce water and ambient air pollution while also ensuring the effectiveness of cleaning in removing biological and other contaminants from the building’s interior.

It is important to note, however, that because green products are more sought after in today’s market, *Greenwashing, a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization’s products, aims and/or policies are environmentally friendly, is prevalent. When searching for green cleaning products, be sure to look for a green seal of approval.

Myth #3 – Green Cleaning Products Do Not Clean As Well as Traditional Cleaning Products

Experts agree that most green cleaners are as efficient and sometimes more efficient. Plus, certifying organizations such as, Green Seal, DfE, and EcoLogo, set performance standards that must be met in order to be certified. The most common ingredients used in green sanitizing products are hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, and lactic acid, which are all consider to be safer antimicrobials.


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